There is no one size fits all approach so find what works for you and make it a healthy and sustainable practice.
It could be really easy to become overwhelmed with various studies and recommendations about how to make changes to improve your life, there is no one size fits all approach so find what works for you and make it a healthy and sustainable practice. In essence the idea is for us to move often and sit well.
Here are 4 tips to help you sit well:
- Posture – when sitting, pull shoulders down and have a level gaze. If you are working with a screen, prop it to eye level – use books if needed. Place feet flat on the floor, feeling free to move and shift your weight
- Prop – if you are on lounge/soft seating or breakout furniture, place pillows near your lower back. This improves posture and is important for shorter individuals who can’t comfortably reach the floor and chair back simultaneously. If you are using a computer, prop it on your lap with pillows
- Feet – it’s good to move while you are sitting too! It helps alleviate static postures, so try leaning back with feet propped up. This allows your head to be aligned with your spine. The weight of a human head is equivalent to a bowling ball – hanging it forward for an extended time will negatively affect a variety of muscles
- Use your arm rests, 10% of our body weight is in our arms so don’t leave them hanging as it’s a decent weight to endure for long periods of time
Start with standing for an hour a day and increase it incrementally over time to allow your body to adjust and build up some stamina. Identify which tasks you like to complete when standing. For me its work that doesn’t require deep focus, such as emails, admin tasks, phone calls and quick meetings.
We have the following two products available in the Health Alliance DHB catalogue and they are designed to offer maximum ergonomic comfort at a good looking price point.
Tidal Electric Height Adjustable Desk and the Aspen Chair